Times of India Reports On Case Against ALTOA, Police Action Awaited

On September 17, 2014 Times of India, Delhi Edition (P.16) reported on the order that was passed against All Ladakh Tour Operator’s Association (ALTOA) by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Leh-Ladakh Pawan Kumar Sharma. This order was passed on September 10, 2014. And while it may seem like this order could put an end to the mafia-like activities of ALTOA, reality isn’t just that.

TOI report Sep 17

Currently, co-owners, Arjun Majumdar and Sandhya Chandrasekharayya, along with Manish Pasad, Chief of Operation, Indiahikes and advocate Kashi Vishweshwar are awaiting police action as per the directive given in the CJM’s order. Meanwhile Indiahikes’ trekkers are being denied transport in Leh even for sight-seeing which is grossly unfair and a clear violation the fundamental right of moving freely in one’s own country.

To put an end to such lawlessness it is necessary that tourists and trekkers are aware of the crooked behaviour of local tour operators in Ladakh region. So do spread the message that will help put an end to the errant practices of these local operators.

Read more: Court orders action against ALTOA for disrupting Indiahikes treks

Latika Payak

Latika Payak

Latika is a Senior Content Writer who started trekking after joining Indiahikes. She has trekked to Roopkund, Hampta Pass, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Tarsar Marsar, and Har Ki Dun. Before joining Indiahikes in 2014, she was a lifestyle journalist with print and online media. Latika is always hunting for great stories hidden in the folds of the mountains. Horror stories from ancient routes and villages of the Himalayas are her favourite. If you have an interesting story from your trek, share it with her on [email protected].